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Hi,

I am running windows 2003 SBS (Service pack1) as a domain controller, and having problem to see the computers in My Network Places. I can see the domain in Microsoft Windows Network but when I browse the domain it doesn’t show any computer. There are 10 clients based on win2k and XP and all of them are working fine in this domain. I can see all the computers in Active Directory users and computers snap in, can ping all of them with host name or IP, can access the shares bu using \\machine name and all of them exits in the DNS as well. There is no error in the event log. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Impex
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You have to start the computer browser service on you server and workstations
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The startup type of the computer browser service is automatic and the status is running on all computers.
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Do you have file and print sharing enabled on all machines?
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yes
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by:joedoe58
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Do you have WINS server configured? Do you entries for the computers in the list
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No wins is running in my network, its all based on DNS.
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Since My Network neighborhood is based on Netbios name you need some resolution between Netbios name and IP and that is done with WINS. Even though we would like to see the death of WINS we still have to keep it around for some time more.
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I have installed the WINS on the server. Now in WINS snap-in the server name is showing green sign and the service is running now but when I check the server status it shows the red cross and status not responding.
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What error messages do you have in the event log?
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No error related to WINS
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joedoe58 earned 750 total points
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I do not really understand what you try to tell me. Still have a look on the following link and see if there is anything there that can give you a hint. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/023e4cc0-30aa-44ff-8e93-21f7535ddf53.mspx
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Thanx
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You are welcome
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